Saturday, November 26, 2011

USNS Medgar Evers: long may she serve

The navy has a new support vessel today:
USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13) is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship of the United States Navy, named in honor of World War II veteran and civil rights activist Medgar Evers (1925–63). The Navy announced the naming on 9 October 2009. National Steel and Shipbuilding Company started construction on 15 April 2010, and laid her keel on 26 October 2010 in San Diego. Gina Buzby, wife of Rear Admiral Mark Buzby, MSC commander, was the keel-laying ceremony honoree.

Medgar Evers was launched on 29 October 2011, and christened on 12 November, sponsored by Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams.

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